When missions and cargo loads allow--after space-required passengers and cargo--there are often seats made available to eligible passengers, i.e. space-available air transportation on government-owned or -controlled aircraft.
Active duty service members, retirees and disabled veterans (with a blue DD Form 2 ID), accompanied by their dependents, may fly Space-A. Dependents of individuals with a red DD Form 2 ID cannot fly Space-A. Some travel restrictions apply. Contact your nearest AMC passenger terminal for more information. Note: Pets can only fly aboard Space-A flights with passengers in permanent change of station status. Service animals may fly with a member with proper documentation.
Any time other than peak PCS, travel and holiday periods (December to January and June to August) is ideal for Space-A travel.
Eligible individuals can travel Space-A on any DoD-owned or -controlled aircraft. Travel to remote areas can be much more difficult to procure. Infrequent flights to remote areas are primarily cargo missions and have few seats available for passenger movement. Expect long waiting periods for movement.
Eligible dependents may travel to/from and between overseas locations and within the continental United States. Dependents of active duty members may travel within the CONUS with their sponsor and on emergency leave. Dependents may accompany the sponsor on permissive house-hunting trips related to a permanent change of station. Command-sponsored dependents stationed overseas are allowed unaccompanied travel to/from and within the overseas theater, with written commander approval valid for one round trip from the sponsor's duty location. Dependents under 18 years old must be accompanied by an eligible parent/guardian.
Space-A travel privileges cannot be used for personal gain or in connection with business enterprises or employment. Space-A travel also cannot be used to establish a home, to transport dependents to a permanent duty station where their service member is or will be serving an unaccompanied tour, to transport dependents to a temporary duty station, or when international or theater restrictions prohibit such travel.
Service members should check with their respective service to determine if uniform wear is required for travel. When worn, civilian clothing should be in good taste and not in conflict with accepted attire in the overseas country of departure, transit or destination, as defined by the DoD Foreign Clearance Guide. High-heeled, open-toed and five-finger style shoes may not be worn on military aircraft.
The following customs and immigration clearance list is not all-inclusive, but provides information for countries AMC serves on a regular basis.
Azores Islands (2)(4)(6)
New Zealand (2)
Republic of Korea (2)(3)(5)(A)
Saudi Arabia (2)(3)(4)
United Kingdom (2)(A)
(1) Proof of United States citizenship.
(4) Yellow fever vaccination required if entering from an infected area.
(5) Cholera immunization required if entering from an infected area.
(6) Bilingual leave authorization in Portuguese and English or French and English may be used in lieu of passport for military personnel.
(7) Tourist card recommended instead of visa.
(8) Preclearance from United States Defense Attaché Office (USDAO).
(9) Leave authorization containing the following statement may be used in lieu of passport for military personnel:
"La persona a quien esta orden pertenezca esta autorizada por las autoridades militares competentes de los Estados Unidos de America para entrar o salir de Espana en mision oficial vestido de civil o militar."
(A) Passport or visa requirement does not apply for active duty military personnel. (B) When traveling to Japan for tourist purposes, a visa is not required if length of stay is 90 days or less.
Note: These requirements are subject to change at any time by any country. Verify destination requirements with your servicing passenger travel agent.
Space-A airfare is extremely low cost. Passengers are often only assessed a federal inspection fee and head tax. Other costs sometimes associated with travel include phone calls, hotel/lodging, bus/taxi fares and meals (meal service on AMC Category B flights is complimentary). Note: The government travel card and personal credit cards are accepted at most AMC passenger terminals; however, the GTC is for official use only.
Individuals can sign up for Space-A travel in-person or remotely. Active duty personnel may not sign up earlier than the effective date of leave. To sign up in-person, individuals can speak with the passenger service agent at the check-in or customer service counter, or utilize a self-service terminal (if present at the passenger terminal location).
To sign up remotely, individuals can email, fax or mail copies of their proper service documentation, up to five desired country destinations and dependent's first names to the passenger terminal (contact the terminal for appropriate contact information). The date and time of any entry will establish the date and time of sign up. This determines the passenger's roll call category.
Individuals can check their sign-up status by contacting the passenger terminal through which they signed up. All travelers remain on the Space-A list for 60 days after registration, for the duration of their travel authorization, or until they are selected for travel.
Upon reaching your destination and if desiring to return to your originating location, the passenger may again sign up for Space-A travel to return to home station.
If traveling to a foreign country, border clearance documentation must be up to date (contact a passenger service agent if unsure of country-specific requirements).
Passengers may see a passenger service agent at the check-in or customer service counter to be marked present for their flight up to 24 hours prior to their flight's scheduled roll call. You must be marked present to be included in the roll call.
Dependents without an ID card and children younger than 10 years old must have a birth certificate, passport or other government-issued document to prove their age.
Yes, if they are 18 years of age or older. However, the intent of this program is to afford command-sponsored dependents relief from their overseas duty location. Overseas to the continental United States, CONUS to overseas, and overseas to overseas travel, within the same theater, is authorized. Once the dependent lands in the CONUS, they are not authorized to travel Space-A to another destination unless they are manifested on an aircraft that is transiting en-route to another CONUS location.
AMC adheres to all TSA baggage screening guidelines found at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening. A complete list of permitted and prohibited items in checked and/or hand-carried items can be found at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all.
Each passenger may check two pieces of luggage up to 70 pounds and 62 linear (length+width+height) inches each. Motorized assistance equipment may not exceed 100 pounds in weight. Luggage allowances may be combined per family, e.g. 4 checked items are allowed for a 2-passenger family. Passengers should include their name and current address on or inside checked luggage. It is also advisable to place a copy of appropriate leave paperwork in checked luggage.
Excess bags are only authorized for passengers traveling on TDY or TAD orders (space-required passengers). Any bag heavier than 70 pounds or 62 linear inches will be counted as two bags for each 70-pound increment. The maximum price-per-bag is $125. Excess baggage fees may be paid with the government travel card where services are available. Standard-issue B-4 duffle bags may weigh 100 pounds; however, only one of these bags is allowed.
Passengers are also permitted one, 45-linear inch, hand-carried item, e.g. small suitcase, garment bag, backpack. This item must fit under the seat or in available overhead compartments in the cabin area. Items that are too large must be checked and will count against the passenger's checked luggage limit.
One hand-carried, personal item, e.g. cosmetic case, purse, briefcase, is also permitted.
Note: Luggage allowances may be limited by smaller-size aircraft or other factors. Check with passenger service agents for more information.
When on active duty for more than 30 consecutive days, Guard and Reserve members may travel Space-A to any location authorized for Space-A travel. Individuals must presentation their military ID, activation orders, and valid leave authorization or evidence of pass status, as required by their service. Dependents may accompany the sponsor.
When not on active duty, authorized Guard and Reserve members, as well as authorized Reserve component members entitled to retired pay at age 60, may fly within the continental United States and directly within/between the CONUS and Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. Guam and American Samoa travelers may transit Hawaii or Alaska. Dependents are not authorized to travel Space-A with these members.
In order to fly Space-A, Guard and Reserve members of the Standby Reserve who are on the active status list, must present a military ID card and DD Form 1853. The same is true of retired Guard and Reserve personnel entitled to pay at age 60, but have not reached retirement age 60. Dependents of these retirees are authorized to travel Space-A when accompanied by their service member sponsor. This retirement-eligible group must present their red ID card and retirement-eligibility notice or possess a DEERS-generated, red DD Form 2.
Guard and Reserve members may travel in a space-required, or duty status, on DoD-controlled aircraft for attendance at IDT assemblies within/between the CONUS and OCONUS.
Official travel authorization documents must be presented to passenger service agents to be considered/selected for travel during the Space-R travel selection process. Approved, written authorization may include a memorandum letter or appropriate service form, directing a member to perform IDT. This document must also indicate the training dates and location(s) and be signed by an approving authority other than the member. Applicable fees, meal charges and excess baggage fees will be charged at check-in.
All travelers must have a valid ID card and all other required travel documents, (e.g. passport, visa, country clearance, as indicated by the Foreign Clearance Guide.
The EML program is offered to all active duty service members, DoD civilians with travel agreements, command-sponsored dependents, and those categories of personnel who are designated by the combatant commanders. Designated/authorized EML destinations are also the responsibility of the combatant commanders. There are two types of EML, unfunded and funded. EML orders are good for 90 days from the date issued.
Funded EML allows travelers to travel in a duty status and utilize either scheduled commercial or military aircraft to a designated/authorized EML destination.
Unfunded EML allows travelers to travel in a Space-A status aboard military aircraft or commercially contracted missions to a designated/authorized EML destination. When traveling with the military sponsor, the travel category is Cat II.
Category II applies to sponsors on environmental and morale leave and accompanied dependents. Military personnel must be on ordinary leave. Any other leave type, e.g. convalescent or overseas tour extension incentive program, is not authorized with EML. This category also applies to DoD Dependent School teachers and their accompanied dependents in EML status during school year holiday or vacation periods.
Category IV applies to unaccompanied dependents (18 years or older) traveling on EML orders. Dependents under 18 must be accompanied by an adult family member who is traveling EML. This category also applies to DoDDS teachers or dependents (accompanied or unaccompanied) in an EML status year round.
Only one EML location is authorized per trip. Only two EML trips are authorized per year. EML passengers may remain on the Space-A register for 60 days or until leave expires, whichever occurs first. Civilian DoD employees must be in a non-duty status to register and remain in this status for as long as they are signed up. Units publish EML orders using applicable directives.